So we went to the herding instinct test, and boy oh boy do we have lots to learn, hahaha. It wasn't really what I was expecting though, I was anticipating the evaluator to handle Ryka more, teach her a bit more about boundaries, and keep her on a line and kind of work her a bit more rather than simply telling me to walk in and let her go for it.
Needless to say, a young GSD with good prey drive does not make for a gentle herder. She was definitely more focused on chasing rather than herding, which I wasn't surprised about. I think if we were to go when she was more mature with a better cap on her prey drive through me she would do well. But currently it's just a game of chase for a five and a half month old pup to enjoy. But she did really well in the barn hunt! No issue crawling over stuff or under things, and she has a great nose. So with a bit of guidance, she was very successful in finding the rats.
Regardless of her not passing right now though, the real win was how well she behaved. We were there for four hours and she sat by my side the entire time. Either laying, sniffing here and there, or simply sitting. Calmly greeted any dog that calm up to her and a pleasure for anyone who wanted to pet her. Just a wonderfully confident and socially calm dog, it made me so happy. She was taken aback by the Afghan Hound she met, but other than that she was very calm and not at all the barky, drivey dog she was a few weeks ago.
Anyways, I got one good video of her and us, and a cute photo of her by my side as we patiently waited for our turn.
Oh, and disclaimer - the Iams shirt is something I received for participating in a 5KM fun run in 2012 for the Veterinary College here to raise funds for local rescues. So please no angry comments about that, haha!